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Invincible 36 Open Fisherman: 2020 Boat Buyers Guide

The 36 Open Fisherman is renowned for its great rough-water ride.

Invincible 36 Open running shot
LOA: 36'8" | Beam: 10' | Fuel Capacity: 475 gal. | Dry Weight: 9,200 lb. plus power | Max HP: 1,200Invincible Boats

Whether applied to its original (and refreshed) 36 Open Fisherman, or its recently launched 35 Catamaran, Invincible proclaims itself maker of “the fastest, driest and best-riding open fishermen ever built.”

That’s big, when 73 percent of offshore center-console survey respondents call brand reputation key to the value of their boat, and 80 percent peg a soft, solid rough-water ride as central to performance.

Invincible’s patented monohull, designed by naval architect Michael Peters, boasts one of the lowest drag coefficients of any. Its air-fed tunnel attains higher speeds with lower power, and a more stable ride—while maintaining maneuverability—for comfortable, dry adventures even in rough seas.

Some of the monohull’s best features are echoed in Invincible catamarans, with the additional stability of the patent-pending hybrid semi-asymmetric multihull design of Morrelli & Melvin. Like a monohull, these cats heel into turns, avoiding the pronounced “lean-out” roll and instability Invincible sees in competitors.

In either format, central to the fishing experience is Invincible’s single-level deck, and 360-degree walk-around fishability.

Features include generous underdeck storage and angled leaning-post housing coolers. A sturdy, optional hardtop is ready to receive outriggers, a spotlight and an infrared imaging camera. Under it, a main helm is arranged to provide confident control under rough conditions and accommodate large electronics. In the sponsons are insulated boxes designed specifically to fit wahoo and kingfish without bending their tails.

36 Open Fisherman

The 36, Invincible’s original boat and foundation of its reputation, is still renowned for its great rough-water ride. It’s been refreshed over the years, notably with a side-entry console, and now with new, line-wide seating options.

Available with twin or triple outboards, the 36 Open Fisherman tops out at 75-plus mph, ahead of triples. With a 475-gallon fuel capacity, you’ll get to distant fishing grounds and back—a round trip of 600-plus nautical miles—swiftly and comfortably.

The 36 features above- and below-deck livewells, and insulated fish boxes—two each aft and forward.

Where other boatmakers take an educated guess at how you’d like your boat configured, Invincible leaves much to your educated judgment.

Thirty percent of offshore center-console anglers say they need only four gunwale-mounted rod holders, and 38 percent want six—but a considerable number, 15 percent, say they need 10 or more. Each can order what best suits them. (After all, more than half of survey respondents ranked “rod holders” among their top three fishability criteria, even if they apparently don’t agree on those numbers.)

Other options include a clear acrylic baitwell lid, electrical-reel outlets, hardtop or tower, deluxe leaning post, bow thruster and side dive door.

Survey Says: On Target

⋅Options for plenty of gunwale and console rod holders

⋅Generous fish-box storage

⋅Livewells meet or exceed demands of 95 percent of CC anglers

Owners Say

⋅Speed to fishing grounds and stability at anchor

⋅Speed and ride in any condition

Brand Says

⋅Same Invincible performance, smaller package

⋅Fishability, performance and yacht-quality finish

⋅Looks as good as it rides